Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
Title THE SIGNIFYING MONKEY: A THEORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERARY CRITICISM.
Publisher Oxford University Press, New York, 1989, 2nd printing.
Seller ID 17909
290 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 019506075X "(This) original, groundbreaking study explores the relationship between the African and African-American vernacular traditions and black literature, elaborating a new critical approach loc ated within this tradition that allows the black voice to speak for itself. Examining the ancient poetry and myths found in African, Latin American, and Caribbean culture, and particularly the Yoruba trickster figure of Esu-Elegbara and t h e S i g n i f y ing Monkey whose myths help articulate the black tradition's theory of its literature, Gates uncovers a unique system of interpretation and a powerful vernacular tradition that black slaves brought with them to the New World. Gat es u s es t hi s cr it ic al framework to examine several major works of African-American literature, including Zora Neale Hurston's 'Their Eyes Were Watching God', Ralph Ellison's 'Invisible Man', and Ishmael Reed's 'Mumbo Jumbo'." Interior - ti ny bum p to top /bo tt om cor ner of approx. first 50 pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - faint spine crease, tiny corner creases, very light rubbing. Very Good